Materials Science and Engineering, BSE

The Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program reflects the explosive growth of interest in the nano and bio sectors of engineering science and technology. MSE prepares students to use fundamental scientific principles to synthesize, manipulate, design and characterize the structural and functional properties of advanced engineering materials. The program offers students advantages seldom found in other MSE programs: the opportunity to tailor the curriculum to their own interests, guaranteed research experience and an excellent student-faculty ratio.

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Major Requirements

40 course units are required. Read more about the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

MSE 215Introduction to Functional Materials: From Macro to Nanoscale1
MSE 220Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering1
MSE 250Nano-scale Materials Lab1
MSE 260Energetics of Macro and Nano-scale Materials1
MSE 330Self-Assembly of Soft Materials1
MSE 360Structure at the Nanoscale1
MSE 393Materials Selection1
MSE 405Mechanical Behavior of Macro/Nanoscale Materials1
MSE 440Phase Transformations1
MSE 460Computational Materials Science1
MSE 495Senior Design1
MSE 496Senior Design1
Engineering courses2
MATH 104Calculus, Part I1
MATH 114Calculus, Part II1
MATH 240Calculus, Part III1
MATH 241Calculus, Part IV 11
or ENM 251 Analytical Methods for Engineering
Engineering Probability (recommended)
Natural Science
PHYS 140Principles of Physics I (without laboratory) 21
or MEAM 110 Introduction to Mechanics
PHYS 141Principles of Physics II (without laboratory)1
CHEM 101General Chemistry I1
CHEM 053General Chemistry Laboratory I0.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II1
CHEM 054General Chemistry Laboratory II0.5
MSE 221Quantum Physics of Materials1
Technical Electives
ENGR 105Introduction to Scientific Computing1
Engineering, Math or Natural Science Electives 34
Social Sciences and Humanities 4
EAS 203Engineering Ethics1
Select 1 Social Science course1
Select 2 Humanities courses2
Select 1 Social Science or Humanities course1
Select 2 Social Science or Humanities or Technology in Business & Society courses2
Free Elective
Select 3 course units of free electives3
Total Course Units40

Note: ENM 251 Analytical Methods for Engineering can be taken with department permission.


Note: MEAM 110 Introduction to Mechanics can be taken with department permission.


Highly recommended: MSE 430 Polymers and Biomaterials, MSE 465 Fabrication and Characterization of Micro and Nanostructured Devices, MSE 515 Mathematics for Materials ScienceMSE 536 Electronic Properties of Materials MSE 545 Materials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, MSE 555 Electrochemical Engineering of Materials or CHEM 241 Principles of Organic Chemistry. Approval by petition required to use EAS 545 Engineering Entrepreneurship I and EAS 546 Engineering Entrepreneurship II as a technical elective.


The Social Science & Humanities Depth and Writing Requirement can be satisfied with the 7 total course units.


Note: MSE students automatically receive this concentration as the courses above are part of the MSE core curriculum.

Areas of Specialization

To develop a specialization, the faculty recommends completing 3 courses. Students are welcome to have multiple areas of specialization. At present specializations are not designated on official transcripts.

For more information, visit:

  • Biomaterials and Biomimetics
  • Electronic and Optical Materials
  • Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Materials Modelling and Simulation
  • Product Design, Manufacturing, and Materials

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2017 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.